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What are Arts & Art Therapy? In this forum, Arts & Art Therapy will be curated to reflect the expression of growth and inspiration. Art is a visual representation of the inner and outer world as seen through the eyes of the artist. At All Things Healing, art therapy is curated to reflect the expression of growth and inspiration. Learn more about art therapy – healing art therapy & visual art therapy by visiting us online today!

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(Asst Editor: Karen Adler, Dip TPAT)  Karen Stabley is a speaker, therapist, relationship coach and teacher. Karen is an interactive, solution-focused therapist with a tr...
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Karen Stabley, MCAT, ATR, BC
We are currently seeking a Co-Editor and/or Assistant Editor for this section. For more information please contact Sherri Carter at sherricarter@allthingshealing.com

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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: The Arbor is a Texas Recovery Program. It utilizes many Specialized Services such as Art Therapy in its drug treatment program.


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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Salvador Dali is often quoted as saying, "There is one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane, whereas I know that I am mad."  --- There often seems to be a link between creativity and mental illness. Many great artists, poets, playwrights, and composers suffered from depression, alcoholism, obsessionality, bipolar or psychotic disorders at some time in their lives. How strong is the link and what might account for it? Are these disorders beneficial to the creative process or a drawback that must be overcome?


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by Tim Murray

I have just finished writing Book 92 of my diary and it now sits on the shelf in my study joining about two metres of similar volumes! They may never be opened again and that really doesn’t matter. The process is the thing...


Editor´s Note from Karen Adler: I met Tim Murray at breakfast after the exhibition opening of some friends. He noticed that I was scribbling away in my visual diary and that I was writing rather than drawing. A conversation on the practice of keeping a diary ensued. I mentioned that, as an art therapist - my business name is The Journey Journal - I link journalling with the journey archetype and see the combination of the two as being a perfect match. This article is Tim's simple, eloquent and heartfelt testimony of what keeping a diary has given him in his life.


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Editor's Note from Erica Curtis: A group of women recovering from addiction find their road to recovery through the process of quilting together.


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by Laurence Kingston

The Valley of Temples is comprised of a large sacred area on the south side of the ancient city of Agrigento in Sicily, Italy. There are seven Greek temples in classical hexastyle. Hexastyle buildings have six Doric columns and were the standard façade in Greek Doric architecture during the time they were built (between 600-550 BC)...


Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: The Valley of the Temples is an archaeological site in Agrigento which is a city on the island of Sicily, in southern Italy. It is one of the most outstanding examples of Greater Greece art and architecture, and is one of the most popular attractions of Sicily, as well as a national monument of Italy.


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by Jean Pollack, PhD

Has life become just another thing to check off your to-do list? In my practice, many young people in their 20’s and 30’s have similar unconscious or conscious life goals that they want in a specified order — particular achievements to cross off “their list...”


Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: In this article, Jean Pollack helps you step back from your fast-paced, social media-driven life so that you can develop a rhythm that flows rather than resists your natural urge to rest or create. When you live a creative life, you are able to enjoy yourself, understand your purpose, know yourself and create so that you move toward more happiness.


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Editor's Note from Erica Curtis: Seena Frost, originator of SoulCollage®, takes the viewer through a step-by-step process of making a SoulCollage® card. Frost advocates for letting collage images speak to you during the process and tapping into your inner wisdom to learn more about the different parts of yourself through those images.


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by Karen Adler, Dip. Transpersonal Art Therapy,
ATH Asst. Editor of Art & Art Therapy

It‘s not necessary to be an artist or to have artistic skill or training to benefit from doing  art therapy. Stick figures are fine, as are scribbles. It’s the process, not the product, that’s important. Art therapists learn this, as do aspiring artists. To trust in the process is part of the wisdom of both art and art therapy. Underlying this premise is the belief that there’s an innate intelligence to the creative act...


Editor's Note from Karen Adler: One of the many things I love about art therapy is its ability to surprise and delight me and to make broken things whole again. Trusting the wisdom of the creative process and the healing process gives me a great deal of respect and admiration for the vast resources of the unconscious. See Part 1 of this article here.


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by Karen Adler,
ATH Asst. Editor of Arts & Art Therapy

I have this strange - not to mention impossible - expectation to always look good, feel good, BE  good. It causes me no-end of misery and yet in all my years upon this planet, I haven’t yet managed to shift this strange and impossible expectation.  It bounces to the foreground of my being at the most inopportune times...


Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Doing art therapy for myself is a way for me to know what's going on for me at the moment. I've come to see it as a necessary - and enjoyable - aspect of self-care. It also provides me with the guidance I need  to make difficult decisions, to separate the past from the present, this moment from the preceding one and the one that follows, to draw boundaries between myself and another person.


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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Unschooling son (Brycen) and mom (Laurie) do a parody skit showing how healthy youth are misdiagnosed and drugged in order to fit into the developmentally inappropriate expectations of our society. An EpiCoutures Production! (November 4, 2011)


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Interviewed by Karen Adler, Dip Transpersonal Art Therapy
ATH Asst. Editor of Arts & Art Therapy

Phil Kent is my new landlord here in beautiful Killcare, on the Central Coast of NSW in Australia. Phil was a builder before he retired and leaving the building trade has enabled him to spend more time on his painting. Like most people I know who are involved in art, Phil doesn’t fit the stereotype of the mad artist. He’s someone who knows that, as with most things in life, it’s a matter of practicing your craft, working at it until, little by little, you start to see progress...


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by Geron Countess

What you will need:

   * One tie dye kit
   * A spray mist water bottle
   * A plain white cotton t-shirt


Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Everyone thinks of tie-dying as a product of the American hippies in the 1960's. Traditional methods of tie-dying actually started in Africa, India, and Japan as early as the sixth century. The best thing about creating articles of clothing with tie-dye is that every item you make is different. The blended colors of the dyes you choose blend differently every time, producing unique pieces of art. This is a fun craft for people of all ages!


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The Alternate Selves of the Artist

Sonia Weiss Durga 1929-2008

Art can be used to heal a psyche or express parts of that psyche that have no other avenue of expression. Sonia Weiss Durga's art is a good example of this. She was a deep, complex person with many aspects to her being.



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